Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on September 21, 1967 · Page 18
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 21, 1967
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Astonished by an OEO book Can't deny their record THUMOAV.MPT.iMMr A collosal mess The state tax commission has.labored, and brought forth a mouse instead of the elephant the legislature passed in putting a sales tax on new construction. The tax commission ruled that what Commissioner Potter meant in writing the section was really on repair construction instead of on all construction. This despite the fact Mr. Potter repeatedly stated his intent was to tax all construction. Then the tax commission decided that the only advertising to be taxed was by those in Iowa, not those outside of Iowa. The commission said an advertiser who placed advertising in national magazines not published in Iowa would be expected to pay direct to the state of Iowa a tax on the portion of that advertising according to the circulation in Iowa. ANYWAY THAT'S WHAT the news reports say the tax commission decided, but there were some doubts even about the wording of that ruling. It can be imagined the enthusiasm Maytag, John Deere, Massey-Ferguson, Firestone, Alcoa and similar manufacturing interests in Iowa will have in rushing to pay the state on the tremendous volume of advertising done in national publications, on radio and television. The commission chickened on collecting tax from concerns outside of Iowa who advertise in Iowa publications such as Wallaces Farmer by saying it was up to the publisher to collect it. In matter of fact the commission left so many questions unanswered what it did say is practically meaningless. NEXT THE LAW goes to the attorney- general's office for consideration on its constitutionality. There Is a real question the legislature delegated too much authority to the tax commission. This is readily apparent when the commission decided new construction isn't to be taxed even though the law itself as passed definitely included new construction. The commission thus took on an authority to change the law by making a rule. The attorney general can either rule it constitutional or unconstitutional in an opinion. The opinion, no matter which way it goes is certain to be appealed by affected people. THIRD, THE RULES as adopted by the commission are subject to a review by a legislative interim committee on rules. While the committee can not write a rule it can disapprove of a rule thus forcing the tax commission to rewrite the rule. The entire tax matter is a mess. It is now revealed it was actually written in 12 hours by Commissioner Potter, a Richard Metcalf, and some unidentified "state officials." It also appears the legislators didn't have much idea what was in it until after they had been badgered into passing it in 50 hours including sleeping time. Talk about a credibility gap — it's getting bigger and bigger as facts about its writing and sponsorship come out in the open piece by piece. It takes effect in a couple of weeks — but who knows what is in it, what is taxed and what isn't? Politics in Wonderland (M. §, Crake* in tefle 6ftv* I af to Any group, individual of bt> gaitization interested in get' tittg some federal (taxpayer!) money for almost anything is invited to stop at the Eagle Office and bfouse through a catalog we received in the mail some time back. . It appears our money U available to promote virtually anything a person, can dream up and fit to one of the listed programs. We haven't yet found the place where we can get assistance because our cat had kittens but we haven't given up hope. We haven't nearly gotten through the list yet. The page size of the catalog is 7 7/8" x lO'A" and it con' tains 701 pages plus eight pages of instruction and instructions on how to use it. Its title is "Catalog of Federal Assistance Programs" and added to the cover is "a description of the Federal government's domestic programs to assist the American, people in furthering their social and economic progress." It is produced by the Office of Economic Opportunity, Executive Office of the President. Over half of the catalog (458 pages) is devoted to describing the nature and purpose of each program, who can apply, who to contact for information, a list of the printed information available, the authorizing legislation and the 'administering agency. A full page is devoted to each program we have studied so we assume there are 458 federal assistance programs listed in How times do change and how politicians do manage to squirm around to fit the times and the forces that change events. Not so long ago the administration set •<• guide line of wage boosts in union-man- ugement strikes at 3.5 per cent increase. That was what the economy could stand. Last week a government board, created by special act of congress under threat of a nationwide rail strike, gave an 11 per cent wage boost to the rail unions. THE AMAZING turn-about was by President Johnson who hailed it as "one of the finest products ever handed down" by a mediation board. This is the same man who copied President Kennedy in cracking down on the steel industry management but cracked up in then allowing a boost of some six per cent to the steel workers. However a few months later the steel industry jacked up prices to meet the payroll and there never was a peep from the administration. It was self-evident, even to the star-gazers in the administration that the price 1 hike had to follow the wage boost. With very few exceptions the settlement to the rail unions was a give-in to the union demands. This is evidenced by the fact George Meany, president of the AFL- CIO, was a member of the board and signed the report. CHAIRMAN OF the group was Wayne Morse, the senator from Oregon who was once a republican, then a democrat, and Fanciful They are making a movie about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. They were gang- Isters of the depression and bootlegging days. lowans of that day well recall when they were caught in Iowa and shot their way out in 1933. The actors portraying the characters are young, pretty and handsome. Clyde and Bonnie were neither. If this is the way the movie is to be made it'll be a fanciful thing with only the name the same. Maybe the movie will have them with hearts of gold but in fact few mourned when they were both gunned down in Texas. Tell The area school tax of three-fourths mills was voted in this area, but in the Mason City area it was voted down. A light vote in Mason City is being credited with losing it for that area, the theory being a heavy vote for, where the school is located, would offset the opposing vote in other counties and districts. The area school district is still a bit too hazy a deal for the average person to understand in the "hinterlands" where the school is not to be located. It is understandable that communities some distance from Mason City should take a dim view of supporting with their tax money a school in Mason City. This in spite of the fact some of their students may attend and also that the state as a whole pays for the major universities through taxes raised by income and sales in the state. The fact the area tax would be on property was a contributing factor in its defeat. Another thing that has led to some comment by people generally are reports of some rather high salaries being paid to those in the area colleges. To many people in the area there is no knowledge of what the colleges do, their staffs, their salary scales, and other data- No reports effective in the districts have been made. It seems the management is anxious not to let such facts out and the while he votes with the democrats is really not a part of that party either now. Morse got in dutch with the rail and other unions when he introduced legislation which would have forced the unions to arbitrate and continue to work. It was anti-strike legislation. Morse, a senator to whom the spook of the next election is ever visible, took care in this instance to prove his undying devotion to the cause of big labor. He led in the settlement and was author of the report giving the union what it demanded. It takes no mental giant to understand the senator's change of heart as far as the union is concerned. After all, there are more union than management votes. THE RESULT of the undercover understandings will become apparent in the near future, quite casually of course. There will be a boost in transportation prices by rail. The unions are encouraged in the report to get that featherbedding back again by firemen who never lift a shovel on a diesel. And as usual in the long run it will be the public, union members included, who will have to pay for the shenanigans in higher prices. The president didn't say who the report was the "finest" for, but it certainly is not the general public. And other unions are now determined to also get at least an 11 per cent boost. Of course this too will be passed on. It is an Alice in Wonderland feature. people generally do not like it. They say nothing, but vote their concern. In all areas (and in this area for people in Kossuth) it is necessary the staff get out of their ivy halls and find out what the people are thinking. They should get back to that kindergarten "show and tell" idea instead of being above all that. If their report is good the people will buy it. But pigs in a poke do not sell very well. Purge Nasser, the Egyptian dictator, is in deep trouble, testified to by the fact he jailed some 70,000 people. The man who had been vice-president, and an army leader, committed suicide after being arrested by Nasser's army. U is reported entire units of the army were marched off to prison camps in the desert. And reporters who leave Cairo report there is an intense air of fear everywhere. Repercussions of the Israeli victory ov» er Egypt have not ceased, in fact have grown greater. Nasser is now trying to purge everyone who might disagree with him, and in effect is trying to put the blame for that defeat on them. It won't work in the long run. Wastt What critics have said for a long time is coming true — the TFX plane is apparently a bust. The army and navy brass tabe a dim view of its performance and fear to risk pilots in its unpredictable flight. The TFX almost became a major scandal once because of some funny business in letting the contract which was influenced more by politics than common sense. The contract was let to the high bidder for a design the experts said was faulty. This is now verified by performance. aome millions to billions of dollars were spent, and more must be spent to change the design to correct faults. It's a tremendous waste, not only of money, but of time in developing a combat r«»dy plane. ' the book. As tor the rest of the catt* log, 145 page* contain pro* gram indexes. This lists Che program* by subjects, §Uoh M Mental Health, Aid to Handicapped, General Eduevetlon, Transportation,. Social Rehabilitation, Community MM Metropolitan Planning and Development, etc., and under each subject is listed the applicable programs in the catalog «nd the page on which it is described. There is the Alphabetical Subject Index (31 pages) which is set up in the usual index form in a book, then there are Special indexes (27 pages) listing the administer' ing agencies and an alphabet* ical list of programs under each with a chart showing the areas in which each one is involved and the page on which a 'given program is described. Finally, the regional addresses of each administering agency are listed (31 pages). One of the programs listed is of Specific interest to people of this area, especially farmers, but they cannot be blamed if they snicker a little at the avowed purpose. "Highway Studies: The Federal-aid highway program includes ifcmds specifically for planning and research. Such research includes studies of maximizing the contribution of highways to national, state, and local urban and rural needs; the role of highway planning in comprehensive community and regional planning; and the actual and for- casted interaction between highways and concentrations of wrtdencea, jobs and other land tam" Under 'Loans for Recfea* tional Purposes" we find that farmers and ranchers, operating not larger titan family farms can receive loans, repayable in period* up to 40 years at five percent intern*, to develop "enterprises thai will supplement their latin income," In the same program .there is a provision for loan* up to $4 million for "rural nonprofit community associations to finance such recreation facilities as: camping grounds, swimming facilities, golf courses, tennis courts, riding stable*, vacation cottages, lodges and rooms for visitors, lakes and ponds for boating and fishing, docks, nature trails, picnic grounds, shooting preserves, and ski slopes." True to the mysterious ways of our federal government one of the references to authorizing legislation is the Food and Agriculture Act of 1982. , The list goes on to stagger the imagination. Some sound like excellent, worthwhile projects. Others make you wonder what legislator could find words enough to shepherd them into national legislation. The only thing that seems to be missing is the program to help anyone, wanting some money for something, to find the program which can get it for them—administered by the Bureau of Indolent Bureaucrats for Compounding Enmeshed 'Governmental Red Tape. And that might be here .too if we ever get the time to tfross-oheck cross-references (in triplicate). leva Mb CIHien) towaft'i politician* of both parties are showing something lees «h*n courage in their heidtong rush away from responsibility for the new tax package patted by ,the but session of the Legislature. Matched in secret during the closing<day* of the Legislature! and put before the General Assembly, the measure coil* tamed many "booby traps." Still, it was passed with relatively few dissenting votes. Now, however, many of those who voted with the ma* jority are trying to place the blame for whatever faults are in the bill on someone else's doorstep. These legislators need to do a little reviewing. Many of the favorable votes for the tax bill came more out of a desire to pass some form of "property relief" than from a general liking for the measure. To vote against it would have been tantamount to aiyitig "let 1 ! forfet about property tax relief and go home. Regardless of their NMtttt, the overwhelming majortty of the legislator* DID vote for the tax bill. They may odd' demn the 1 secrecy which Bur- rounded it, the highhanded methods of leaders of both parties and the,vague gen«r< alities in the wording. But they can't change the record of their voting and it U nothing short of {political coward' ice to try to shift the Wame for the faults of the bill to oth* , er shoulders. Content! (C. P. Wood* In , Sheldon Mall) A browbeaten Sheldon man who read about the recent discovery of a 120,000 year-old jaw went home feeling a little better. The jaw around his own house didn't seem quite so long after that. off ION and rtwp. 124 Noffft Editor and puMiih*r, Duant E. D*w*l «'?A^!35 PVwMf MnOnOQtOif Ul^Bfj low*. Julian ADVANCI WMCMrrWM MATI On* Year in County and to ntarMt pott offic* ouMd* of County ... Six month* in County and to ntamt pott ottk* ... . -.< Year outaid* County, and to othtr than n*arwt outiid* P.O.* ....f Allriahtt to matter puMlitad in th» Alaono Kottuth County Advane» or> fOMWvo. (rtciuoino ncwij ftoturv. oowftislno or oftwr t ond Mpfoouc* tion in any manmr it prohibit** rxctpt by written pwmlttten of ft** puMiinm of tht Algeria Kouuth County Aavane* In Mch Initonn. All manuscript*, orticlw or pietum or* **nt at th* owrar't rtak. Defends brainwash word (C. P. Woods in Sheldon Mail) The political enemies of Gov. George Romney are using shabby tactics when they take up, with such unreasonable emphasis, his use of the term '"brainwashing" in regard to the information he received from army and administration sources in Vietnam. The story, in brief, is that Romney based his original thinking on the Vietnam, situation, in which he was inclined to an aggressive policy, on the information! given the group of Governors when they visited Vietnam. Since then he has acquired further information and has altered his opinion of the weir situation and has definitely stated so. In his public statement on his change of opinion, he used the term "brain- washinlg". This was immediately picked up with unholy glee by his opponents, on at least two counts, both of which we feel are typically unfair and tricky tactics. One Romney critic goes so tar as to give a technical description of what genuine psychological "brainwashing" is. Genuine brainwashing, olf course, in an extreme, brutal and very scientific process. This critic attempts to imply that Romney meant he was subjected to something of this sort, which, it would seem any reasonable person' would agree, is rot. It should be reasonably apparent that Romney was using the term 'as a forceful figure of speech, wihich it has become. It is heard, in the same sense as 'Romney used it, frequently in daily life ,and nobody using it in this manner is attempting to imply that it is to be taken literally. In such cases it should be taken no more literally than, for example, to imply, when we say that someone is "under a cloud" that there is a nasty little dark cloud traveling over the subject's head continually, nor for another example, to assume that when one says that someone is a "pain in the neck" that we literally have a pain in the neck as a result. At any rate, we have a figurative pain in the neck when we consider how figures of speech can be taken up in such cases and made into foolishly big things. This is making mountains out of molehills, and we don't mean this literally, either. Romney probably did receive, along with all the other Governors, a slanted briefing, reflecting the opinions of men in Vietnam who have their own attitudes, and also that 'of the administration. These briefings constituted the source of information. The other point of which we take exception to Romney's critics is that he shows weakness in changing his mind. Weakness? We should say, rather, that he shows strength, when the change in opinion is .based on further study of ail facts available, and the conclusion drawn thetrefrom is based on logic and intelligent .thinking. This seems to us to be a more intelligent and desirable process than to stick forever to an original opinion regardless of new evidence. There seems to be some implication in this that a man.' who relies on outside sources for information on wihich to form an opinion is not fit material to be President. How on earth would anyone be able to make major decisions on an incredible number of complex and vastly varied matters without relying on the 1 opinion of .those who have studied the matter arid who reflect all sides of the .matters? No President could be expected to do that. It would, in fact, be a' fearsome sort A thing if one attempted it. Time to be honest (N«il Maurcr in Laurent Sun) "It is about time for politicians in the country to be honest with Negrotes and tell (them we aren't talking about equal cars, equal houses, equal incomes. We are talking about equal opportunity, which is really all anybody in this country can ask ..." The down-to-earth statement was made recently by Congressman Wyatt of Oregon, and it makes sense. "Pie in the sky" promises have helped to create riots, and have been equally as much of an injustice to the Negro as yesterday's discrimination. Wyatt went on to point out that there is a substantial number of people in the Negro areas who are employable if they are trained. "I strongly favor the tax credit approach," he said. "Giving a tax credit to businesses for vocational training." The government plan of throwing huge sums of money 'aimlessly at the problem certainly hasn't solved it. Rebuilding cities and changing the cultural environment and level of education and training of millions of citizens overnight is beyond the capacity of our federal government. A different approach, with business and industry cooperating, might be the answer. Prediction maybe? (Bill Mavrer in Laurtnt Sun), The big news of the week is that Lynda Bird, daughter of the benevolent Texan and his wife, i-tdy Bird, is hitohed up to some big Marine captain. They're planning to be m*mf4 before Christmas That way they'll be able to spend their first anniversary in the White House. It's probably the only one .they'll get tiff* Points with pride (John B. Anderson in Storm Lak* Pilot-Tribune At least lowans can point with pride to some of: their congressmen who opposed' increasing the number of paid trips home from Washington each year. Now they are entitled to $3,000 for five trips. The House boosted this to 13 trips. At least three lowans, Wiley Mayne, H. R. Gross and Wan. Scherle voted against it. Gross tried to get a recorded vote on the increase but to •/. no avail. It was shouted thru : without the people knowing how their congressman might have voted. Our own congressman, Wiley Mayne, said this last week in Storm Lake that he voted against it and hoped the president would veto it. We can't quite see LBJ turning thumbs down on something like this since his administration record is not one of trying to save money for the taxpayer. In fact, the picture is clear in this action by congress that politicians have no interest in cutting expenditures. If they won't hold the line on items such as this that might lose them votes, how can they be expected 1 to cut other appropriations that may win them a few. After all, its only money. Booze too? (Bill Maurar in Laurent Sun) 'Bobby Kennedy, the younger brother of the late JFK with a mop of hair and kids to match, is leaping all over 'the cigarette industry. Monday he introduced three bills to regulate the industry because, he said, it is "peddling a deadly weapon." Now, Bobby, the Kennedys have made more than just a little money hustling 'booze over from Scotland to the east coast. And as far as some of the bullflinger's friends ere concerned, that Scotch is just as deadly a weapon as the weed. •Do you plan to get booze cut off, too? After all, the booze sellers are "dealing in people's lives for financial •gain" as much as the weed . makers. Or do the standards change when it affects the pocketbook? Dangerous (Bill Msurer in Lturtni Sun) Governor Hughes says he doesn't plan to call the Iowa legislature in to try to work over that goofy tax bill that wUi go into effect at the end of (Ms month. The bullflinger 'thinks it's a good idea. They didn't have any idea whjat they were doing when they passed it. They might really might be dangerous with a little study. BUSINESS&PROFESSIONALl Insurance Insurance ALOONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All lines of Insurance \ ' 206 Bast State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY All lines of Insurance 109 North Dodge 5 Ph. 2954735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 2954443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of Insurant* in force. A horn* Company. Safe, secure, Lola Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE' AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Johnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLES A OEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Ph. 2*5-5529 or 295-3IU ALGONA Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fri. 9a.m. —5p.m. Phone 2954373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor Office Phone Res. Phone 296-2378 2954306 . . Office Hours: Men.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CAaUON MAMAatMIHT 1M& M A^tea vys "• I^^B^V MI. ata-aeti LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good 820 So. Harriet Phone 2954810 Doctors DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Liases, Hearing Aid Glasses. 9 Bast State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. dosed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J, KINOPIE LD Optomethat Visual Analysis and Visual Training 108 So. Harlan, /Algona Phwe 295-3743 Dr. L. L. INYDIR 113 iait Stale It. Dial 295,2715 Cloud Saturday Afternoon! JOHN N. KENEfICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN O. BOURNE, M. D. Phyaidan ft Surgeon 118 No. Moore St Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 895-3277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. M.D. Clinic Bldg. 109 W. State St Algona. IOWA Office Ph. 296-2828 JOHN M. SCHUTTIR, M. D. Residence Phone 296-2389 DIAN F. KOOi, M. D, Residence Phooe 2964917 Phyaidana and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Office Phone 295 Dentiiti DR. J, B. HARRIS JR. 622 R State St. Phone 295-2334 CREDIT BUREAU KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fwt-bUt Report* 295-3182 AJ0on§ DR. LIROY |« STROHMAN Pftitlat 116 N. Hoar* St. Phone 2954131 KEVIN NASH, 004. 123 E. Call 2J**}<* DR. J. 0. CUMADOLI 112 N. T IMfM-lT fJ^P^r

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